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Asia » South Korea » Busan April 22nd 2023

2023_Blog 28_Japan April 17 Port of Call: At Sea – Weather: 54°F/12°C – Scattered clouds – Wind: 11.3 mph. After leaving Kanazawa we are sailing across to South Korea to visit the port city of Busan. This was a substitute port to replace the previously scheduled stop in Vladivostok. Being adaptable is a key feature in travelling. Today we relaxed and once again attended the Mariner Lunch followed by a complimentary wine tasting session. In preparation for our stop in South Korea tomorrow, guests were required to pick up group letters that corresponded to the time when you wanted to be inspected. We are scheduled for a shore excursion so that precludes the need for a ticket; shore excursions are automatically first in line. No photos posted with this blog today.... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan April 22nd 2023

2023_Blog 29_Japan April 18 Port of Call: Busan (Pusan), South Korea – Weather: Overcast with light rain predicted - Wind: 12 mph. gusting to 30+ mph. Today is Holland America Line’s 150th birthday and orange was the color of the day. As I stated before the port call in Busan, South Korea was a substitution for a stop that had been planned for Vladivostok, Russia. Due to current political tensions HAL decided to be cautious. Today could be categorized as if you are too efficient things can still get screwed up. It all started with the Korean Immigration inspection. Shore excursions were given priority for their face-to-face inspections. We assembled dutifully at our meeting point and time, were processed with dispatch and were ashore an hour before our tour was actually scheduled to leave. Problem was ... read more
Busan - Maritime Museum - submarine display.
Busan - twisting bridge ramps framing Westerdam.
Fish Market - fresh squid.

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 30th 2019

I'm liking these 50 min. Flights! Flying into Busan in daylight, really helps to understand the geographical landscape of the city. The 2nd largest in South Korea. Huge forested mountains and tall skyscraper buildings in every nook and cranny and beautiful beaches along side. I don't think we've been to a city with so many beaches , beautiful clean soft sand within minutes of the tube station and also within minutes of a woodland walk. The weather has continued to be lovely, though the Koreans are all now wearing puffy jackets !(It's 20C) So we've had our last few days of the trip exploring the city. Cultural and the largest department the World....(they say) Our daily bit of fun has been trying to beat the gangs of little old ladies to the lifts in the ... read more
Anyone want any socks,?
Gyeongju old capital of the Silla Kingdom
Art on the beach,  Dadaepo

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 18th 2019

Friday, 18th October 2019 Today's travel plans was marred by rainy weather so my intention to visit Taejongdae was affected as the attraction was closed for the day. Nevertheless, I still hopped on to the Busan City Tour Jumbo Bus which would take me places. Among the stopping points on the route is the Korea National Marine Museum which would make an ideal stop on a rainy day. The sprawling Maritime Museum spanned a couple of stories and the sea turtle swimming freely in the aquarium caught most of my attention. There was even an enclosure where replicas of life-like penguins and seals could be seen. For lunch, I had pork soup at a family run restaurant in Nampo-dong before finishing the afternoon with a cuppa at Hollys Coffee. I took a rest in my hotel ... read more
Night-time in Seomyeon

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 17th 2019

Thursday, 17th October 2019 After a brief 4D3N stint, it was time for me to bid farewell to Jeju as I made my way back to Busan in the morning. Jeju to me is a beautiful and peaceful island. At least in the area where I stayed, the crowds were thin and the main thoroughfare wasn't teeming with people. Arriving back to Busan city centre in the afternoon, I had a quick wash-up in the hotel before heading to the colourful Gamcheon Cultural Village. It was said that no visit to Busan would be complete without setting foot to one of their most iconic cultural village and taking pictures with the Little Prince statute. In the evening, I hopped onto the metro to bring me to the doorsteps of Spaland Shinsegae Centum City. This is one ... read more
Sashimi Don for dinner
SpaLand Shinsegae

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu October 13th 2019

Sunday, 13th October 2019 After breakfast at Toyoko Inn this morning, I embarked on a half day East Busan Exploration Tour with Klook to bring me to places that were not easily accessible via the Busan Metro. Our tour group today was small comprising of two ladies from Malaysia and another three visitors from South Africa. From the pick-up point at Busan Station, the six of us proceeded straight to the Oryukdo Skywalk, one of the many cantilever glass bottom skywalks scattered along the rugged coast of Busan. It was extremely windy when we arrived so we should count ourselves really lucky that the attraction had remained opened despite the bad weather. After spending about 30 minutes at the Skywalk, our mini-bus proceeded further along the coast to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. This is a very ... read more
The rugged Busan Coast
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Jukseong Dream Church

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 13th 2019

Sunday, 13th October 2019 So the bus dropped me off at Haeundae Beach after the tour where I headed straight to one of the restaurants serving the Busan pork rice soup. It was easy to fall in love with this dish given how light in taste the soup was. With generous portion of pork slices and tasty appetisers, it made a really fulfilling meal option for me especially after a long day out since early morning. After lunch, I walked around the beach area for a while and was really amazed by the number of skyscrapers dotting the main street. It was a warm October afternoon perfect for an ideal time at the beach. Determined to score a memorable sunset view, I made an impromptu decision to head to Dadaepo Beach, some 37 stations away on ... read more
Haeundae Beach, Busan

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 12th 2019

Saturday, 12th October 2019 There are a couple of options to get to downtown Busan from Gimhae International Airport. One convenient way is via the airport buses that run straight to the Busan Station where my hotel is located. Another slightly cheaper and longer route is via the Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit which connects to the Busan Metro at the popular Seomyeon Station. Since I had arrived really early and had plenty of time to burn before the hotel standard check-in timing, I decided to opt for the latter. After an udon breakfast at Mido Fishcake, I was soon making my way out of the terminal building to the Gimhae Transit Station. Along the way, I dropped by at the airport information centre and helped myself with a copy of the tourist map of Busan. The ... read more
The Toyoko Inn Busan Station No.2
Familiar room and hues for a comfortable stay

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 12th 2019

Saturday, 12th October 2019 I decided to have an early lunch before proceeding with my sight-seeing plans. A few blocks from Toyoko Inn lies Jejuga Korean Restaurant, a cosy little spot serving wholesome abalone porridge. It seemed rather popular among the local people so I guess this must be a legit place. Very often, the flavourful Korean appetisers also took centre stage in a meal. Having them together with the mains certainly helped to enhance the whole culinary experience. Feeling wonderful from my satisfying lunch, I was soon on my way to the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea. The Cemetery occupies a sprawling site in the heart of Busan and it honours the soldiers from the 16 UN countries who were killed during the Korean War between 1950 - 1953. I first made my way to ... read more
View of Busan Station from my room
Busan Tower by night

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 11th 2019

Friday, 11th October 2019 Silkair $398 launch fares between Singapore and Busan caught my attention while doing my travel research in early 2019. The offer was simply "too-good-to-be-missed". With a good-price motivation factor, I booked my tickets for another trip to South Korea after a hiatus of 9 years. My impression of Korea was rather neutral prior to this trip having spent some 6 days in Seoul in April 2010. Things had changed for the better in October 2019. While I still don't comprehend the Korean language, the avail of modern technology like Wifi, Naver Map as well as day tours from Klook meant that I was definitely much prepared for this trip compared to my maiden attempt. And with some luck, I might be able to witness the autumn foliage towards the end of my ... read more
My Hokkien noodles breakfast at 4.30am

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